On Monday, May 29, 1939, Victor Fleming finished directing Rhett’s drunken clash with Scarlett in the dining room of their Atlanta home, hours after she returned from Ashley’s birthday party.
Rhett’s smoldering rage — “Observe my hands, my dear. I could tear you to pieces with them.” Scarlett’s instinctive courage – “Take your hands off me, you drunken fool!”
For Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, that scene’s dark drama was relieved only between camera set-ups when they played games together. In the earlier days of filming, he had taught her the fundamentals of backgammon, and she had taught him Battleship, a naval war game of skill and strategy. Time after time, Leigh soundly trounced Gable at both games.
Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!
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